Rock and Roll Trials Club, Berwick, Maine

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Champe, Nov 14, 2016.

  1. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Yep, Kurt Spoonagle is the man to watch in Senior B. I was looking over the score sheets and noticed he got a few points in the first event (Wrentham MA), then only one point for the day at the second event in Meriden CT. Now he has all cleans for the day at the third event. I see a pattern here - but how can it continue ?

    Congratulations to Wheelieman14 for being second in Wrentham.

    There is a Chris Spoonagle terrorizing the expert class. Must be a trials family doing their thing.

    Also congratulations to Heffergm for his second place in intermediate class in Brimfield.

    Wayne Galvin is a long timer who is dominating intermediate right now. He was trials master at Wrentham. I know he is wicked fast on the trails and shows his bike no mercy. He asked to ride mine and I said "no, because he would bring me back a pile of junk". I might reconsider but I need to know I'll get it back in one piece.
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  2. massrider

    massrider Been here awhile

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    I don't have the scores handy but if you look at the Vintage scores from Brimfield you'll see this is right, we didn't have any vintage gates so the vintage class rode the exact same line as the sportsman and senior B.
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  3. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    I should probably qualify that a little, with something like 'below expert level'. Obviously there's a point at which you're going to need a modern-ish bike if you want to ride modern style trials. But at anything advanced or below (I'm speaking NETA classes here), I just don't see the bike mattering in the slightest (within reason, unless Pat Smage is on it, then you're back to it not mattering).
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  4. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    ....and his son is leading Expert class, IIRC...
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  5. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    I'm not sure I'd agree about the bike not mattering.

    I've seen some people do amazing things on the Vintage bikes, like Don Sweet riding Intermediate line at CATRA on a TY175 and only scoring one point on the day. But there are things that are a LOT easier on the newer bikes, even if they are possible (and doable) on a vintage bike. Just getting used to the (lack of) brakes on my vintage ride is enough to make me appreciate modern disc brakes. :eekers

    Folks like MassRider, Gordo83, and Kurt always impress me with what they can do on equipment that's as old as I am.
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  6. heffergm

    heffergm Been here awhile

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    Sorry, my wording was a little confusing. When I said you're going to need a 'modern-ish' bike, I didn't mean to imply that you could ride a vintage pre-monoshock/pre disc brake bike and have it not be a factor. I just meant that if your bike was built within the last decade it's not going to affect your finishing position one way or the other.
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  7. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Only one week to go!
    I need a vacation!
    Work and Ride;
    Sunday, July 9, at 9:AM.

    Still some work to do.Let's GIT-R-DUN!!
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  8. massrider

    massrider Been here awhile

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    Is camping available Friday and Saturday nights?
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  9. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    YUP. Join the ticks, snakes, horseflies and poison ivy. :eek:)
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  10. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    A great weekend in the record books ! 54 riders on Saturday and 64 on Sunday made this event a great success. Some overhead drone and competition footage has already been posted in a separate thread. Here are the Saturday results: DSCN3481.JPG DSCN3482.JPG DSCN3484.JPG DSCN3485.JPG
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  11. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Some new toys have appeared on the site. Nobody has been inspired to do this triangle yet this year:
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  12. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Thanks Champ!
    You have to do the A frame next Sunday!
    And I'll show you how.
    Jareth
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  13. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Lots of things shaking here in the Northeast.

    The club has added a few new members and has had some foreign and long-driving visitors. Lately we have been riding at a new location in Acton, Maine. It is a woods area with hills, stream beds and rock outcroppings. It has trails but is not cleaned up for trials. So we are doing some clearing - and lots of riding. A few of the newer members are becoming regulars, so we are getting to know each other better. With that, the BS factor has been rising fast.

    For instance - I was told that the toothbrush was invented in Maine.

    The proof is that if it had been invented anywhere else, it would be called a teethbrush.
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  14. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Hardeeharhar.
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  15. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Our club president, Jareth, is doing "Trials Bike Demonstrations" at the Jericho ATV Festival in Berlin, NH this weekend.
    He was on deck this morning and will be again tomorrow morning (several times). One of his favorite moves is to ride over a car. For this event they have provided a white Lincoln stretch limousine.

    I will be there to assist tomorrow. Jareth wants me to ride over the car too. Ha ha
    I will bring my unicycle . I saw a photo of Jareth taking his over a car (not necessarily riding it).

    This ATV festival is really a big deal. They expect 6000 people. The town of Berlin NH decided years ago to be "ATV friendly", allowing unregistered vehicles on the roads. They developed a lot of trails in the surrounding area, including Jericho Mountain State Park. I think this is a great venue to expose people to trials.
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  16. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    So how did it go ?

    Well, Jareth invited some other club members to help and Jake and Karen accepted, so there were 4 of us. We were situated in a field with snow fence all around and a nice sloped hillside just outide the fence (great for spectators). The Rave-X freestyle group was next to us in the same area.

    The Rave-X guys were totally professional with tractor trailer mounted ramps and a big PA system. We were friendly with them before the show and they offered to announce for us as well. Their show consisted of 2 guys on 450 MX bikes doing wheelies, burnouts and some very impressive 40 ft (altitude) jumps, including backflips, superman, and other weird aerial contortions. After their show they came over and tried our setup also.

    We had the stretch Lincoln limo, but it was bermed up with dirt on both ends. So yes, of course I rode over it. So did everyone else. The trick was to ride up the side, aiming for the door pillar. Jareth, Jake and one of the Rave-X guys made it . Jareth and Jake did it lots of times and the Rave-X guy did it once with his 450. There were way more crashes than successful runs. And no cleans. Since they were doing the vehicle sideways there was no place to go when you got to the top. Generally, the skid plate would hang up and both feet would have to come down.

    There was a balance beam placed diagonally on a hillside and a few large rocks placed by a front-end loader.
    The field was big enough to do some good long wheelies, especially after the freestyle guys left. It started raining during the late morning so the ramped jumps had to stop. Of course us trials people keep going. This is a mud festival, after all.

    Near the end of the day our "sponsor" Ray showed up. I saw a trials bike in his shop, but did not know he actually rode it. Turns out he rides very well. After warming up on the obstacles, he started riding around backward on the handlebars.
    Great guy. Too bad he was up to his eyeballs in work that day, being the proprietor of White Mountain ATV Rental in Gorham. The Chamber of Commerce was selling some very nice riding jerseys for $70 each and he bought one for each of us - photo attached.

    Maybe I liked Ray because he is a little against the grain. He, Jake and Karen were caught riding their trials bikes in a pedestrian area. Slowly and carefully I'm sure. They got talked to. I hear Ray was not happy about it and left.

    The Rock and Roll Trials club had a blast. We were soaked due to rain - or was it sweat - but were not cold. Now I just hope we get invited back.

    On the event poster, that's Jareth in the middle on the right. DSCN3519.JPG DSCN3520.JPG
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